Why Leighton Park?

An award-winning independent day and boarding school in Reading, Berkshire
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What sets us apart from other leading schools in England?

Simplicity, truth, respect, integrity, peace, equality and sustainability. These are the Quaker values that remain our touchstones in this modern world.

In our beautiful setting of 65 acres of parkland, just 30 minutes from London, our students have space and freedom to truly be themselves – and achieve greater things as a result.

We believe it’s our role to develop courageous and happy young people who are environmentally-conscious, have a strong global awareness and don’t shy away from making a stand. We aim to give students the skills they need to be changemakers.

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Top performing school in England

The UK Government's most recent analysis places Leighton Park as the best performing school in Berkshire and 14th best boarding school for the academic progress achieved by our Sixth Form leavers.
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Double Excellent verdict from ISI

The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) have awarded Leighton Park a ‘double excellent’ standard, the highest possible attainment for an independent school.
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Independent Senior School of the Year

Leighton Park has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Independent Senior School of the Year’ award in the 2023 TES (Times Education Supplement) School Awards.
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Outstanding academic attainment

Our students achieved 74% A*-B in their A Levels last year but we are no results factory. We believe that only happy, rounded, self-aware students can achieve their very best.
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Shortlisted for Independent Senior School of the Year in TES Awards

This is one of the most sought after awards in education, recognising leading practice in the country’s top schools.

The TES nomination process is very thorough and assessed the school against a broad set of criteria. Our submission emphasised our distinctive, values-led approach – providing evidence of the benefits for our students. Examples included:

  • Our focus on Pupil Personal Development and pioneering use of technology to support students to set and reflect on their own personal values and targets for personal growth.
  • Our multi award-winning character education, providing opportunities for students to work in partnership with our local community, to help others and develop a strong sense of self.
  • Our pioneering curriculum designed to educate ethical changemakers, giving them the critical thinking and leadership skills, the character and the values to effect positive change.
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Leighton Park School at a glance

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Independent Schools Inspectorate

Excellent pupil and teacher relationships and the exemplary standards of pupil behaviour create the right environment to enable pupils to grow in self-confidence in preparation for the next stages of their lives.
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Good Schools Guide

“Stuck unapologetically to revered, old-fashioned values of encouraging independence of thought, creative thinking, collective spirit, spine and responsibility.”
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Muddy Stilettos

"A progressive first-name-only Quaker school with 65 acres in the centre of Reading, with impressive results in STEM and creative subjects."
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Study International

"Students at Leighton Park become caring and eager to be active participants, a natural result of the principled and diverse experience they receive at the school. Success gleaned from academics is a direct product of this."
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